To be played on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 12:15. Venue: City Ground, Nottingham
Odds: Forest 19/20, Draw 5/2, Cardiff 11/4
In all honesty, both have been treading water for some time, with the Reds having never really managed to position themselves in the play-off battle under Dougie Freedman, and Russell Slade having edged the Bluebirds clear of relegation struggles.
Now, on the final weekend, the pair sit level on points, lost in mid-table mediocrity.
There is, however, a top-half finish to be shot at on Saturday, with it possible that a positive result of any kind will be enough for Forest to cement their current standing.
Freedman’s men - who are without a win in seven, losing five of those games – can finish as high as ninth, or as low as 14th.
The same is true for Cardiff - while a draw, coupled with a defeat for Birmingham City at Bolton Wanderers, would be enough for both Slade’s men and their hosts to end the campaign inside the top 12.
Both teams will already have one eye on the summer, with there seemingly much pre-season work to be undertaken in the East Midlands and South Wales, but they will also want to bow out on a high.
Freedman needs to start delivering on the faith shown in him with a two-year contract extension, while his opposite number – a man under pressure – could do with some goodwill from supporters to carry over into 2015/16.
- Karl Darlow
- Jack Hobbs
- Jamaal Lascelles
- Eric Lichaj
- Michael Mancienne
- Michail Antonio
- Gary Gardner
- Henri Lansbury
- Ben Osborn
- Chuba Akpom
- Dexter Blackstock
“The club has a huge amount of planning to be put in place. That will be the key to success for us. We need to plan a lot. We need to implement our plans as soon as possible.”
- David Marshall
- Sean Morrison
- Lee Peltier
- Ben Turner
- Aron Gunnarsson
- Matthew Kennedy
- Anthony Pilkington
- Joe Ralls
- Eoin Doyle
- Joe Mason
“We were 17th when I took over and right now we still have a chance of 10th. Is that progress? Yes. Is it enough progress? No, not really and we have to keep working.”